For Immediate Release
March 24, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Capital City Wellness Project announces the
Bike Rack Sculpture Design Competition in Downtown Topeka

The Capital City Wellness Partnership invites entries for the design of multiple-unit bicycle rack sculptures. The winning entries will be installed in Downtown Topeka along Kansas Avenue with a placard to describe the art piece and identify the artist. The deadline for submissions is April 10. Winners will be notified on May 21, 2009 and invited to attend an awards ceremony. The designs will be built by a local metal company. To download an application, go to: http://www.kdheks.gov/capitalcitywellness/.

Designing, building and installing bike rack art requires multiple partners, including public health, the art community, the city, local businesses and other organizations. This functional art project is designed to increase physical activity among downtown employees by creating a more interesting and visually appealing environment for walkers while providing a place to secure bicycles.

“KDHE is pleased to be part of this progressive partnership,” stated Roderick Bremby, Secretary of KDHE.  “Projects implemented and lessons learned through the Capital City Wellness Pilot Project will be shared with communities across the state as they consider policy and environmental changes that support healthier and more vibrant communities. This project is a big step towards achieving a Healthy Kansas.”

In addition to the Bike Rack Sculpture Design applications, you will find health tips, fitness handouts, maps showing outdoor walking paths in Downtown Topeka, and many other resources on the Web at www.kdheks.gov/capitalcitywellness/.

The Capital City Wellness Project, launched publicly in April 2008, promotes walking and other physical activities through extensive partnerships among downtown business leaders. The project is funded by the Sunflower Foundation, led by delegates from approximately 35 downtown Topeka organizations and coordinated by KDHE as part of the Governor’s HealthyKansas Initiative.  The Capitol Midweek Farmers’ Market is part of the Capital City Wellness Project and features locally grown produce within walking distance of downtown businesses and monthly chef demonstrations. The Farmers’ Market is open every Wednesday, from May 20 to October 14, beginning at 8:30 am along 10th Avenue between Jackson and Harrison Streets.